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  1. M
    Mike

    Gratefulness has been a weapon against my pride. When my pride is in retreat, I don’t have to fear threats to it.

    3 years ago
  2. Sandra

    Living gratefully is making me less fearful. I am not there yet, there is a lot of fear to overcome and I’m still very new to the practice of Grateful Living. But there have been times, more than I could ever have expected, when living gratefully has calmed the fear. And life becomes so much more spacious. My heart opens then and all manner of things shine more brightly.

    3 years ago
  3. d
    db82258

    When I am in gratitude the fear has less importance. Gratitude makes everything much easier to move through. Doesn’t make it go away, however, it makes my ability to deal with it easier.I recently joined a “take no crap, but do not harm club”. I have been more concerned with not causing harm to someone I can see is already suffering and in. my eyes. has always been this way. That compassion and empathy for another and my efforts to change that, is what caused my own personal harm to begin with. I was raised to be kind, to be kind no matter the situation, I want to be kind. Learning a new way to express myself is a challenge at this stage of my life. I was told if you want to change you are going to have to feel uncomfortable, I have been uncomfortable and it is okay. I am willing and open. I woke up singing today, no particular reason, just had a song on my heart and a ready smile for the day. Gratitude is the path to the love and joy I wish to live by. The answers for everything else will come, I know they will.

    3 years ago
    1. Sandra

      Blossom, this is inspiring. Thank you 🙏

      3 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      It took me a while in life to understand that “taking no crap” is also a kindness to others, Blossom. The people dishing out the crap have a different kind of suffering, and will have as long as their behavior continues. We don’t have control over their own path, but by standing up for ourselves we don’t lengthen it for them. Children need to be told no when they are doing something hurtful, and some adults still need to be told no.
      I appreciated your post very much, Blossom. thank you.

      3 years ago
  4. Dusty Su

    Yes, as it warrants I thank in advance for outcomes I have not yet seen. Then it helps me go out to meet those outcomes through action. It helps me advance even while trembling.

    3 years ago
  5. Melissa

    Yes living gratefully makes me less fearful when I surround my thoughts and open my eyes to all the beauty of this EARTH. What I have in the love of family, friends and my recue dog Cody who was found two days old in a dollar parking lot and is now safe and brings us all so much joy. We have shelter, water, food and peace. So we have the energy and resources to help others in the world that do not..

    3 years ago
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    WIkedRed

    I honestly don’t know yet. I’ve just started this journey. I’m hoping that will be the case in the future. I want to live a less fearful life. I would like to have a less stress-filled life as well.

    3 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    I find that it is when my attention is centred primarily upon the One who is attending here, and only incidentally upon the world that confronts me, that the world is made marvellous in me. Then the great surprise, the most astounding fact of all, isn’t what the Cosmos is but that it is; not the infinitely varied products there but their simple Origin here. Nevertheless when they are seen as proceeding from This they take on its wonder, and nothing is ordinary any more. And of course, fear cannot exist.

    3 years ago
  8. Antoinette

    When I don’t mind what happens I’m much more open and grateful. I am able to let go of fear more by bring it into awareness and letting go with gratitude.
    Not minding what happens isn’t the same as not caring. It means to let go of expectations allowing life to flow. This gives me more room for gratitude.

    3 years ago
    1. Sandra

      Thank you for this, Antoinette. Expectations can easily derail me. There are times that I don’t realise they are there until they are not met. When I can truly let go of expectaions there is space for gratitude and all that accompanies it 🙏

      3 years ago
  9. d
    dcdeb

    I know better how to look for the positive elements in my life.

    3 years ago
  10. Linda

    What comes to mind is a medical procedure I had recently. I felt such gratitude for the doctor and nurses and the skills they had acquired over the years that kept me safe. It reduced the anxiety of having the procedure knowing I was in good hands.

    3 years ago
  11. Mica

    Living gratefully can make me less fearful. That makes sense. Thank you.

    3 years ago
  12. L
    Lauryn

    It could help…I suppose the question is made me less fearful of what? That others don’t care? Perhaps less fearful of death. Maybe gratefulness is like reassurance…

    3 years ago
  13. Mark Piper

    I’m not so sure. The things I am most grateful for are not things at all, but people (such as my family). I do not think gratefulness has mitigated my fear or made me less fearful for them, especially in a pandemic. But I may not be as grateful as I ought!

    3 years ago
  14. Carla

    Growing in the ability to Living with a grateful heart has increased a healthy dependency & reliance of trusting Infinite God & not my finite self.

    3 years ago
  15. Katrina

    Fear is a gift in some ways, and not always to be denied or lessened. It needs to be acknowledged, recognized – the source found. Gratefulness can be a tool for dealing with the source of the fear, or pushing through the fear with courage. Living gratefully reminds me that I have a partner in recognizing fear and facing it.

    3 years ago
  16. Y
    Yram

    Less fearful?? But gratefulness strengthens my faith and relience on a higher power.

    3 years ago
  17. Patricia

    It has helped me to observe and name my fear, and then move beyond it – or keep going in spite of it.

    3 years ago
  18. Holly in Ohio

    I stay more in the present with gratitude, and speculate less, so yes.

    3 years ago
  19. Howie Geib

    I have acquired a decent amount of courage over the years, we all do, circumstances demand it. Gratefulness seems to have had a measured effect on the one crippling fear that rears its ugly head from time to time: the fear of what other people think. It’s toxic. And as a creative, it can be disheartening. Gratitude, when applied in these situations, is the perfect antidote. Not because it’s a psychic sleight of hand, as much as it re-grounds me in the fact that what other people think is none of my business. Gratitude for having been equipped, gifted, the wherewithal to ‘know’ right from wrong. It motivates me to get on with the matter at hand: to be the best version of myself I can muster. Not so that it will impress anyone, not even God, as much as it is a reflection of gratitude for knowing that being alive simply means being true, plumb. Without massive internal conflicts and unresolved imbalances. All measured with the internal instruments that truly guide us.

    3 years ago
  20. Marnie Jackson

    Living gratefully has shown me the power and learning in struggle. I don’t look forward to struggle – but I can at least see the value in what I am learning.

    3 years ago
    1. Howie Geib

      Yes. Thanks Marnie. In pondering my reflection and dissecting what fear is present now I could sense the heart of the matter but didn’t quite nail it. Struggle. All life demands exertion doesn’t it? My little houseplants, the tireless spiders on my catwalk balcony (which the building cleaners perennially thwart) relentlessly spinning their webs.

      3 years ago
  21. EJP

    Living gratefully has made me realize that I have all that I need and to be unafraid of not having enough or being without.

    3 years ago
  22. sunnypatti48317

    Being grateful helps keep my mind in the right place. I wouldn’t say it has made me less fearful, but it helps me stay focused on the good so that the fear doesn’t take over my mind. I definitely still deal with fear despite my gratitude practice, but it’s not as consuming as it was in the past, and I deal with it better than I used to!

    3 years ago
  23. Michele

    Living gratefully centers me. It grounds me and brings me peace. I still have fears – I worry about my children, etc. I start and try to end my day always being grateful:)

    3 years ago
  24. Kevin

    I don’t think “living gratefully” as making me less fearful. Living gratefully is a strength, power, and place that supersedes the occasion of becoming fearful.

    3 years ago

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